‘NCIS’ Showrunner Fires Back at Fans Angry Over Gibbs’ Replacement

by Jonathan Howard
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There has been a big change over at NCIS and fans are adjusting. Some are better than others. Gibbs is out and his replacement is Gary Cole’s, Alden Parker. Without Mark Harmon on screen, viewers have made their opinions be known.

At first, Parker was not interested in the job. He was asked but did not take it. However, he did speak with the NCIS team and let them know about the offer. Torres, played by Wilmer Valderrama, did not take the news well. He wasn’t sure why McGee didn’t get the job.

Much like Torres, fans were not 100% happy about the situation. Showrunner Steven Binder decided to chime in and let folks know not everything has to be seen on screen. He gave his version of things on Twitter when responding to a fan.

“I, personally, would not presume to think Gibbs recommended Parker *over* McGee. I would like to think Gibbs and McGee had plenty of time to talk about the future and what McGee told Torres on the stake-out…Gibbs already knew. :)” That’s simple enough from one of the people behind the scenes making the show work every week.

McGee reflected on what the job would entail. Although he has been there since late in season one of the show, he does not want the job. He has a family and has already seen what happened to Gibbs and his family. So, it makes sense that the Detective wouldn’t want to take the role of leader.

“Sure, I imagined it happening one day [but] the job wasn’t what I thought it would be,” McGee said. “Not nearly as fun, hours were even worse. Don’t get to go out in the field as much. Plus, there’s all that paperwork.”

‘NCIS’ Fans Not Taking Well to New Team Leader

When it became obvious that Gibbs was going to be out of the picture, there was a strange feeling among the NCIS fan base. It was done early in the season and now, things are becoming more clear. So, with the new addition to the show and team, how are fans handling it?

Well, on one Reddit thread, fans were very kind to Alden Parker. While not all viewers like Parker. However, there was a group of folks over on the Reddit post that talked about the Gibbs replacement.

“You know what…the writers played it well…I think we are gonna be ok ;),” the post read.

“I kind of liked him in the last episode. It’s so hard to replace a beloved character like Leroy Jethro Gibbs, but I like his manner,” another user said.

Now, it seems NCIS is going to make it. These types of dramatic changes can sink a show. For television’s highest-rated drama, it looks like things are going to work out. As long as the Harmon influence stays around, and it appears that it will, the show is going to be just fine.

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